KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
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Rahul Dravid will play for MCC against the Rest of the World in the Lord's Bicentenary 50-over celebratory match on Saturday 5 July.
Dravid will play alongside former India teammate Sachin Tendulkar, who will captain the MCC XI.
Shane Warne will captain the Rest of the World side.
The third Indian after Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar to score over 10,000 Test runs, Dravid was the backbone of his country’s batting line up for over a decade.
Dravid made his Test debut against England at Lord’s in 1996, scoring 95 and coming tantalisingly close to appearing on the Lord’s Honours Board in his first innings.
While he would have to wait for another 15 years until finally making three figures at Lord’s, his wait for a Test century didn’t last long, with 148 against South Africa at Johannesburg in January 1997 the first of 36 occasions he reached a century finishing his career with 68 first-class tons.
Highlights - Dravid's century at Lord's
Renowned for his long stays at the crease, Dravid famously batting for 835 minutes in the match as India beat Australia in Adelaide in 2003.
His powers of concentration were evident in his five double centuries, including a high score of 270 against Pakistan in Rawalpindi in 2004, and also in his record as the outfield player to have taken the most Test catches, many of them coming as a hawkish slip fielder.
The backbone of his country’s batting line up for over a decade
Dravid’s ODI stats are often overlooked, but he was the top run scorer at the 1999 World Cup, and his partnership of 331 with Sachin Tendulkar against New Zealand in 1999 remains a world record. His 344 matches and 10,000 runs show a player who was able to adapt to any format.
Dravid was appointed Indian captain in 2005 and under his leadership India won their first Test against South Africa, and away series victories in England and the West Indies before relinquishing his duties in 2007 in an emotional letter to the Indian board.
He returned triumphantly to Lord’s in 2011, finally making a Test ton at the Home of Cricket at the age of 38, and his late career purple-patch continued as he made three centuries in the series despite India’s heavy series defeat.
He bowed out of international cricket that winter after the tour of Australia, finishing with 164 Tests to his name, and 13,288 runs, which is the fourth highest of all time.
In pictures - Dravid at Lord's